Cameron’s University’s Festival X Reading Series, held in conjunction with the university’s current academic festival, “American Identities in the 21st Century,” continues on Thursday, February 15, with Oklahoma Poet Laureate Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. The award-winning poet will read selections from her works at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton, 816 W. Gore Blvd., starting at 6:30 p.m. Following her reading, there will be an open mic opportunity for others who wish to read their work. The event is open to the public at no charge.
An award-winning poet, writer and literary scholar, Mish is the 2017-18 Oklahoma Poet Laureate. Her most recent works are “What I Learned at the War,” a poetry collection, and “Oklahomeland: Essays.” Mish‘s first book, “Tongue Tied Woman,” won the Edda Poetry Chapbook Competition for Women. Her second poetry collection, “Work Is Love Made Visible,” was honored with the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the 2010 Western Heritage Award for Poetry and the 2010 WILLA Award for Poetry from Women Writing the West. In addition to her creative work, Mish has published critical essays on poetry in “Stunned into Being: Essays on the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes” and an essay on the poetry of Demetria Martinez in “Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular.”
Mish is Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA @ Oklahoma City University where she also serves as advisor to Red Earth Review and as a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy, professional writing, and the craft of poetry.